Los Alamos National Laboratory Cyber Security Research Scientist (Scientist 2/3) in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Scientist 2 or 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate.Exceptional candidates may be considered for a higher-level position, and additional job responsibilities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Scientist 2 (87,800-144,800)

As a member of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s cyber security R&D; team (A-4), you will provide scientific and technical expertise to solve national security challenges related to cyber systems. You will create novel solutions utilizing your expert knowledge, architecting new techniques in a wide variety of domains, ranging from proof-of-concept algorithms to prototype software systems.

Projects within A-4 include: cyber analytics (scalable “big data” processing, statistical inference, anomaly detection, deep learning); data integrity (steganography, encryption, adversarial machine learning); intrusion detection and analysis (malware reverse engineering, network/protocol analysis); and cyber-physical system security (complex systems, physical attacks against cyber systems). These topics will evolve over time with the cyber security landscape.

As a Research Scientist, you will propose new solutions to unsolved problems, design and implement functional prototypes, write proposals and white papers, and explain complex results to technical and non-technical audiences. The Scientist 2 is responsible for a broad set of activities within a scientific discipline in support of research and development (R&D;). Apply scientific principles under the scientific method to address technical problems; or develop novel techniques or principles; or analyze data or outcomes from experiments (in the real world or in the computational domain); or from observational procedures in the context of the underlying scientific principles or models.

Scientist 3 (96,600-161,300)

In addition to the job responsibilities outlined above, the Scientist 3 will:

  • Participate in cyber security work within the greater scientific community.

  • Identifying, promote, and develop appropriate new Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Mentor junior staff.

  • Build multi-disciplinary teams.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Master of Science or Ph.D. degree in science, engineering, statistics or math.

  • Strong competency in one or more of the following: scalable data analysis; software engineering; operational cyber defense; or strong research competency in mathematics, cryptography, steganography, or a related field.

  • Advanced programmer in one or more languages including Python, C, C++, and/or Go.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer science algorithms, data structures, and network programming.

  • Familiarity with a variety of operating systems.

  • Significant technical knowledge coupled with the ability to develop technical approaches, capabilities and products.

  • Ability to set direction for well-defined team based tasks.

  • Active participation in professional societies, publications, peer review and mentoring.

  • Experience presenting research findings to a variety of audiences.

  • Ability to obtain a DOE Q and SCI clearance which typically requires US citizenship.

Scientist 3

In addition to the job requirements outlined above, the Scientist 3 requires:

  • Demonstrated leadership and ongoing participation in the greater scientific community .

  • Ability to identify, promote, develop and grow Laboratory-wide technical capabilities.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence large organization strategies and directions in cyber security R&D.;

  • Ability to take a leadership role in scoping research; developing methods, directing tasks, and identifying strategic goals.

  • Ability to build existing institutional technical capabilities and contribute to the development of new capabilities.

  • Experience leading peer review and proposal writing to secure funding for a team of researchers.

Desired Skills:

  • A desire to understand the nuances of system implementations and algorithm designs. A-4’s work necessitates the willingness to develop solutions in a rapidly evolving and fluid research environment, often building from concepts rather than detailed specifications.

  • The ability to rapidly prototype and demonstrate concepts.

  • Advanced data analysis skills for processing large streaming data sets and extracting knowledge from that data (examples include: information retrieval, anomaly detection, machine learning expertise).

  • In-depth knowledge of operating system implementations, anomaly systems design, or malware obfuscation methods.

  • Experience with high-performance computing systems, map/reduce, or cloud computing platforms.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q/SCI (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

*Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular Position:Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants:Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity:Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The Advance Research in Cyber Systems (A-4) focus is to provide nationally recognized leadership in information security and networking science that predicts and solves critical problems in the cyber domain using novel practical solutions. The roles of the group include national security work, industrial partnerships, and the open research in the cyber systems domain.

Location: Los Alamos, NM, US

Contact Name: Johnson, Dana Elizabeth

Organization Name: A-4/Advanced Research in Cyber Systems

Email: danaj@lanl.gov

Job Title: Cyber Security Research Scientist (Scientist 2/3)

Appointment Type: Regular

Req ID: IRC64677